NHK's "The Red White Song Contest" captured a market share of more than 40% Thursday.
Distrib Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan made $190 million at the box office in the first 11 months of the year, an all-time company record that beat its 2007 high of $176 million.
Sony will unify international distribution for its vidgames and core electronics in 2010, according to the Nikkei newspaper.
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Toho, Japan's leading distrib and exhib, is splashing out $11 million on New Year's Day advertising for its sci-fi spectacular "Space Battleship Yamato" -- a huge sum for a local pic.
"Villon's Wife" leads the Japan Academy Award nominations with four including one for best picture.
Pubcaster NHK production arm NHK Enterprises (NEP) will merge with Media Intl. Corp. (MICO) on April 1, according to Japanese press reports.
"One Piece Film: Strong World" topped the Japanese B.O. for its second weekend win in a row.
Kadokawa ContentsGate, a subsid of the Kadokawa Group, has launched a movie streaming site with more than 100 Kadokawa pics, both new and classic, as well as other visual content.
Square Enix's "Final Fantasy 13" game for the PlayStation 3 console sold one million units on Thursday, its first day on sale in Japan.
Toho, Japan's biggest distrib and exhib, has unveiled a 30-pic line-up for 2010 that promises stiff competition for Hollywood in the already difficult Japanese market.
Studio Ghibli has announced its latest feature toon, to be based on Mary Norton's classic fantasy book "The Borrowers."